This was most definitely an experiment. An experiment with a delicious result. This came out even better than I expected. It’s so easy and quick to throw together for dinner. You probably have most of these ingredients on hand already. It’s a nice twist on the standard sloppy joe.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound pasta (I used corkscrew pasta because it’s fun)
- 1.5 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp dried minced onion
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp sriracha hot sauce
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- seasoned panko bread crumbs for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Boil the pasta until al dente.
- While the pasta is boiling, brown the ground beef with minced onion and garlic.
- Drain the meat if desired (leaving in the fat will add more flavor, but this is up to you).
- To the meat, add ketchup, brown sugar, sriracha, and Dijon and mix well.
- Add about 1/2 cup of cheese to the meat and mix well. Let this sit on low heat for a few minutes for the flavors to meld while you drain the pasta.
- Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
- Add the meat mixture to the pot of pasta and mix well.
- Pour the meat/noodle mixture into a lightly greased 9×13 casserole dish.
- Top with remaining cheese.
- Sprinkle the entire top with seasoned panko bread crumbs.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the bread crumbs begin to brown slightly.
- Let this stand for about 5 minutes before serving.
You can use a canned sloppy joe mix like Manwich if you’d like, but I love this recipe as is. It’s more flavorful than the canned stuff in my opinion! You can also use whatever pasta you have on hand, but I love these corkscrews. They’re fun, and they have little ridges in them that helps the sloppy joe meat and sauce cling to the noodles. This was a huge hit with the Fella, and it will definitely be going into the dinner rotation. I usually never have seconds, but I wanted to stick my face in this casserole dish and nom until I was incoherent. Don’t worry, I didn’t. But I did have another helping. #selfcontrol